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is james clapper, a former three-star military man from the pentagon. under him are 16 intelligence agencies and the cia is one of those before that, the director of central intelligence had nominally have the coordination role. now, the cia is one of 16 but it is our primary spy agency. its role under the reorganization has become even more crucial. if you have seen "zero dark thirty," it shows the central the cia played in identifying the career and once we identified him, we found the house in about a block and then we found osama bin laden. host: senator john mccain said he wants to take a closer look at the interrogation policies of the bush administration and john brennan's involvement in that. guest: i applaud with john mccain said about interrogation. he has been saying for ever that torture does not work and he should know. he was in the hanoi hilton for so long and tortured by north vietnam during the war. he is right, in my view. i did serve on the intelligence committee for eight years. i was there in the 1990's and came back and was a ranking member. i think we should l
of the pentagon today. one of the top officials, the key advisors to the secretary of defense on all matters financial trying to figure out how to save money and execute efficiencies and deficiencies. we were building a post-cold war military as well as people on both sides of the aisle. bob was the comptroller of the air force during the administration and has also been the executive director of the american society of comptrollers. without further ado, please join me in welcoming one of my favorites, robert hale. [applause] >> good morning. how is everyone doing? listen, i am glad to be here. for a number of reasons. one of them is that comptrollers do not get invited out that much. i have a number of stories. bad news is you have a serious problem and if you don't have an immediate transplant, you're going to die. but the good news is i have three donors, you can choose any one of them. one of them is a former olympic athlete and prior to her demise, she was practicing every day for the olympics. another one was a former triathlon athlete and he was swimming and running everyday. the thir
't the pentagon's budget will be cut by $45 billion. that's 9 prz. secretary of defense robert hail said what's even worse is the automatic cuts would continue over a decade. >> we are working toward rebalancing toward asia pacific presence there. we will pay attention to long-term press in the asian area, including china. >> senior u.s. officials do not usually use such language when referring to china. >>> japan's prime minister shinzo abe is preparing to offset growing chinese strength in the asia pacific region. he's planning policies to expand china's defense capabilities. other plans to scrap defense guidelines endorsed by the former government in 2010. ministry officials have constructed a budget fiscal plan for 2013. they are looking for rise of about 100 billion yen or about $1.1 billion. leaders expected to use part of the funds to increase surveillance around the songuku islands in the east china sea. chinese government ships have repeatedly entered japanese waters since japan's government bought the islands from a private owner last september. abe's cabinet members will consider i
at the congressional budget office. fantastic career in national security. as noted, comptroller of the pentagon today. one of the top officials, the key adviser to the secretary of defense on all matters financial. not only in terms of building budgets but executing them and trying to figure out how to save money and execute efficiencies and reforms within the defense budget. bob has a long career in national security. he was a navy officer at the beginning of his career he worked at the center for naval analyses, work for the logistics management institute early in his career and again later. he was my boss at the congressional budget office during the period, well, for a number of years, but including during the period when the berlin wall had just come down and rebuild a post-cold war military. working with people like senator sam nunn and aspen as most people on both sides of the aisle. bob was the comptroller of the air force during the clinton administration and has also been the executive director of the american society of military comptrollers. and so without further ado, please join me in w
would suggest we have gone too far. >> while we typically talk about the pentagon as -- and it's relationship to private industry is going out and buying goods. we have had this discussion here whether it should by ground combat vehicles or keep that on base. the reality is that we are moving to where the pentagon spends more on buying services rather than buying goods. it is not paying people to go make things. it is making in terms of the hours they are billing. the answer to what extent is it we have not seen the kind of savings that have been promised in the study before 1hand. the savings have been political cost savings where you keep your deployed numbers down even though the overall number of people are roughly the same. what is appropriate for contractors? navy some roles that are appropriate to turn over to contractors and others are not we have been willy-nilly about. once you figure it out, then developing good management structure so you get the best price. you have competition. you can say, they have done a terrible job. it comes back to how the contracts have bee
, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u.s. troops leave afghanistan after 2014. and there are some who feel the white house 234r0floated this io sort of, you know, lay the ground work to get some perhaps concessions on some other issues that are important to the white house. in other words, more of a negotiati negotiati negotiating ploy. >> it's been
from the pentagon and our commanders on the ground in terms of what that would look like. and when we have more information about that, i will be describing that to the american people. >> woodruff: in november, the u.s. and afghanistan started negotiations on a so-called "bilateral security agreement" to govern any future american military role. u.s. officials have insisted that any troops who do stay must have legal protection, as the president said again today. >> we have arrangements like this with countries all around the world, and nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. >> woodruff: in turn, karzai said now that the transition is being expedited, the immunity question may no longer be a sticking point. >> i can go to the afghan people and argue for immunity for u.s. troops in afghanistan in a way that afghan sovereignty will not be compromised, in a way that afghan law will not be compromised. >> woodruff: back in kabul, the questions of whether u.s. troops remain, and how many and under what conditions, have divided afg
for the pentagon job. general, welcome. thank you very much. >> nice to be with you. thank you. >> tell me why you think chuck hagel is the right person for this job despite all the controversy that has been raised about what he said about israel in the past and iran in the past, criticisms of some of his other statements certainly the statements about gay americans. >> i think for two, maybe three reasons. first of all, he is a very solid, sound thinker. he has been involved in these matters for decades. he comes at decisions by analysis. not by a mee jerk support for this philosophy or that, but what is best for the united states. that's a wonderful attitude, and i think he and john kerry have similar points of view, and they'll be a good team. but, secondly, he is -- he would be the first secretary of defense to have served as an enlisted man in the trenches. from uso to veterans administration, he understands the political and human problems in a way that no other secretary has. >> do you think that he has the experience and the skill to get his arms around that pentagon bureaucracy and all th
equipment wish list. he spent yesterday meeting pentagon leaders and asked for helicopters and drones to ensure security in afghanistan when nato leaves at the end of next year. >> fair to say we made some very good progress on all of the key issue that we discussed. >> reporter: now the white house said that the president and the afghanistan president won't finalize any plans today but it's important they move in the same direction when it comes to troop numbers and timelines withdrawing from their country. leadership changing hands at the pentagon will also play a role in all of this and i will have more on that when i see you next. live in washington. ktvu channel 2news. >> new this morning from pakistan some shiites are refusing to bury their dead after terrorist attacks. it's a protest to demand that the government do something to protect them from attacks. >> colorado a court arraignment is scheduled for the suspect in the colorado movie theater shooting rampage. the judge ruled there is enough evidence for james holmes to stand trial on 160 felony charges. 12 people were ki
to lead the pentagon. there was a question of whether any republican would actually put a hold on the nomination. >> some said they will vote against it. >> yes, but putting a hold on it would be a very rare thing and the white house would not be about to nominate him if they didn't think he could actually make it through the senate. whatty we are learning is the white house hold senior members of congress to expect the nomination. >> you have serious questions. chuck hegel did endorse the president in 2008 and 2012. >> that are created consternation for john mccain who had been very, very close to chuck hegel in the senate as fellow republican. i think that they have a distance to go. not only with republicans by the way, but with democrats who really are feeling the heat from the pro israel hob lobby who would not support chuck hegel. not only is joe biden comfortable, but the president himself knows chuck hegel well and serves on the intelligence advisory board and it's clear they established a relationship. >> word that the headline out of what we were just talking about is
. but i think the pentagon should be like any other governing department, analyzing to see what we don't really need. there a lot of hardware that will be challenged and the pentagon will have to make further reductions. should not spend a dollar more for military spending we need to. we have to find the right balance. and i have confidence in the people who understand the strength of the country comes from an economy that's working well. defense spending is at the expense of domestic spending. we will spend what we think we need on domestic issues as well and domestic programs as well. so constrained spending for that which is absolutely needed, domestic spending should be what is needed for the taking care of people and infrastructure and all the other things that we need. but everything should be on the table. it was a mistake not to accept the proposal they came from simpson-bowles. everybody had come to the table ready to give up something. that did not pass political muster. and now we are trying to figure out how to live beyond that. whether it's the pentagon or however we do it
produced by our great pentagon producer justin fishel last friday. he wrote "the white house is not considering any option that would leave more than 10,000 american troops in afghanistan beyond 2014. ". a senior administration official and senior military force told fox news despite reports that the administration could leave a much larger footprint after that deadline for handing over security to the afghans. there you have it. 10,000 s what we are reportedly hearing from the pentagon. >> i worry about the art fix deadlines and artificial numbers not dictated by the facts on the ground. we have to see as the afghanistan forces are standing up and make sure that they are trained and we cooperate with them with counterinsurgency and the training and advising and continues. to just pull out a date and say this is the number of troops does not respect the realities on the ground. we made that mistake with iraq and i hope that the obama administration learned from its mistakes and when we withdraw forces along with allies we do so in a way that i say treasures all of the lives t
of the pentagon and military commanders on the ground regarding the troop levels after 2014. he says that would come at a separate announcement. much is written and said about the selection or nomination of chuck hagel and john kerry as part of the president's circle in determining what to do with afghanistan or with the troop levels in afghanistan moving ahead. >> that's right, tamron. and i think that the pressure on the president internally within his own administration to keep those numbers very low will be fairly considerable. last year, we were led to believe that there would be remaining force post-2014 of 10,000 to 15,000. i think today you should probably look at a 3,000 to 6,000 force. but what i thought was interesting about the press conference, tamron, was that while the president described the role of those forces in very narrow terms, continuing the training and doing a counter terrorism operation when needed against al qaeda remnants, what he didn't say was what's the main purpose of having those forces remain in afghanistan? i think it's two fold. one of them is to keep the tal
minute pentagon briefing. >> earlier today, i was pleased to welcome president karzai to the pentagon, along with his delegation from afghanistan. including minister of defense mohammad. i had long, i think it was an hour-long, one-on-one meeting with president karzai at. we have the opportunity to discuss the ongoing transition to afghan security lead as well as the commitment of the united states to afghanistan, the enduring commitment after the completion of the transition by the end of 2014. i think, you know, is fair to say that we made some very good progress on all of the key issues that we discussed. our meeting i believe will help lay the groundwork for president karzai's discussions tomorrow with president obama president obama on these and other topics. president karzai and i believe very strongly that general allen's plan that was adopted in chicago by nato is working and we are we are fully committed to vanishing the job. i also assured the president that my successor, secretary of defense, will be equally committed to working with him and achieving the goal of an indepen
could help him do the job of reforming at the pentagon and saving some money? >> yes, i think -- well, in the first few months -- i won't be there long enough even if i get it. but the job there is to run interference for him. by the way, some basic politics, you understand, chris, cutting existing weapons systems with all the web of contracts out there can be hard, but what you can do is not start new ones. it's easier to block projects that shouldn't be done going forward than to start them, and i certainly will be there. i hope he's going to continue to support the notion of an early withdrawal from afghanistan, not keep 20,000 troops there forever at a cost of billions, and finally i think it's time to re-examine a nuclear deterrent which we still maintain basically at the strength we needed to defeat a fully nuclear armed soviet union and the troops in europe. i misspoke when i said pull the troops out of nato. i want us to stay in nato but let the western european nations keep the troops in western europe. let's have a genuine cooperation, not a one-sided deal where america give
in the end this is going to help the president in his efforts to draw down the pentagon budget and have the republican support that he needs. he needs at least to maintain a centrist bipartisan commitment to the effort in afghanistan in a way that doesn't leave his most vocal opponents on the right basically say that the president abandoned afghanistan and left the afghani people to their own devices. he doesn't need that and as long as the troops on the ground do this to protect them adequately, i think the president can accomplish his goal. >> thank you, general. >>> up next from afghanistan, to gun control and the president's cabinet, what we learned as "the cycle" rolls on. it's friday. [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters? at legalzoom, we've created a better place to handle your legal needs. maybe you have questions about incorporating a business you'd like to start. or questions about protecting your family with a will or living trust. and you'd like to find the right attorney to help guide you along, answer any questions and offer advice. with an "a" rating fro
. the famous by release them to the public, to the press. is it true the pentagon papers talk about vietnam as a time when the viet cong is sitting territory? so perhaps by the 54 election this would have been a major issue for kennedy and he would have had to come again. >> counterfactual. >> but we think that kennedy had a certain kind of self-confidence. kennedy said at one point that if somebody comes in and argues to me about unemployment, i can refute him. they have no problem. an intelligence community, the military comes in. you're always used to assume that they have a special knowledge that i did have because they have learned something different. at a later point he says, i'm going to tell my successor that the most important thing he has to know is not to trust the military, not to trust the joint chiefs. kennedy stood up to those people . >> 2009 obama had the confer result with the generals pressing him on afghanistan, the serbs there. >> into this, but i want to hear you talk about it. as american foreign policy in a grand sense changed and all? it has been over for more than
get chillielear consistent answers from the cia and the pentagon. they operate different drone programs under different rules. what is a decision-making framework of who falls into the category of legal target ability? that is one of the problems. >> we have another question. >> in this context, the principles are no different than any legal force. i do not understand how drones are somehow different from new technology. the responsibility remains exactly the same. the clarity and the communications with the public, these are exactly the same. i do not see drones creating an additional legal or moral responsibility that should not already be addressed for nontraditional mechanisms. >> go ahead. >> we use drones in a very vague war on terror. we use drones in very different areas to survey trafficking and other parts. also getting into the civil criminal law, one of the major problem's icy i would like to know your take -- that i see that i would like to know your take on is that drones are three things at the same time. they collect information so they are and intelligence serv
at the pentagon and for all of our citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. bid>> thank you for your very kd remarks and the trust you placed in me when asked me to be acting director twice. i have the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business. and public servants with extraordinary dedication. a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation i know he will be in all standing director of the central intelligence agency. john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. this is a homecoming. on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say "welcome home." >> mr. president, it is a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the central intelligence agency. the women and men of the cia are among the most dedicated, courageous, selfless, and hard working individuals. at great personal risk and sacrifice they have m
withdrawal. that's according to a new plan submitted to the pentagon. the low end option would leave 6500 troops in the country for counter terrorism operations and the largest option would leave 15,000 troops to help train afghan security forces. the plan is awaiting official approval. >>> a new series of ads featuring the word jihad is getting a lot of attention. the ads are sponsored by the counsel on american islamic relations, the organization says the word is misunderstood by most americans. people we talked with had very negative impressions of what it means. >> a group of islamic people that are the bad guys. >> and what i've seen in publicity it means it's killing people. >> now, the sponsors of the at say jihad actually means a struggle to be better. the webster dictionary says it's a crew said for a principal or belief as well as a holy war to send or spread religious beliefs. >>> criminal charges were filed over the death of a 4-month-old baby at a san rafael child care center. staff members found the baby unconscious back in october. investigators later determined the child s
had received three separate briefings from the pentagon, saying that they were counting on getting rid of the really bad leaders of the iraqi army and filling it back up with trusted individuals because the structure was still there rather than build an entire new army. the cia felt that was terrific ago. i did, my stuffed it in the president was briefed that this was what were going to do. so suddenly between the pentagon come it's not clear where it all originated. gave jerry bremmer of the necessary guidance and instructions to disband the army if that's what he thought was ray. jerry issued the order, disbanding the army. i did know was going to happen. the joint chiefs of staff did not. cia did i and suddenly the army is totally disbanded and you have hundreds of thousands of people who are armed and trained and who were set free within a few airliner pensions and we had to pay some of them in order to keep peace. when we started to rebuild an iraqi army, i think it was a bad decision. she would tell you it's the right decision, but i think it was the wrong decision must import th
week. earlier today, at the pentagon the secretary of the air force michael donley talked to reporters. he was joined by air force chief of staff general mark welsh and this is 45 minutes. >> good morning, all. thanks for being here. the chief and i thought this would be a valuable opportunity to begin the new year by sitting down with you to discuss the state of our air force and the issues and challenges we expect to address in the year ahead and beyond. to start i would like to thank the senate approving the national defense thorgs act. and thanks to the president for signing the bill into law. this important legislation provides policy guidance that enables d.o.d. to provide for our fighters and their families and to protect the american people. it demonstrated strong bipartisan commitment to national security. we hope this success may spur progress on critical issues that still remain. those issues include issues to develop a balanced deficit plan. a final f.y. 13 appropriation bill to replace the continued resolution and the president's f.y. 14 budget. congress' recent decision t
's a pleasure to be with you this morning. >>> president obama may be ready to name a new chief at the pentagon. sources tell cnn that the president is likely to nominate republican chuck hagel as defense secretary next week, former senator from nebraska who retired in 2009. the president has called hagel a patriot who is doing an outstanding job as a member of the white house intelligence advisory board. some critics have blasted hagel over a lack of support for sanctions against iran and for opposing the surge of troops in iraq under the bush administration. >> now to a possible mechlta cu from lance armstrong. "the new york times" is reporting that he is considering an admission of using performance enhancing drugs. his attorney says he is not in talks with anti-doeching agencies. >>> two new rules it says should drastically cut down the cases of food poisoning by as maniacy million cases a year. proposed rules focus on how farms here and abroad process produce and set standards on how food is handled. cdc says one out of six americans gets sick from a food-born illness every year, leading t
plan submitted to the pentagon. now, the low-end option would leave about 6500 troops from afghanistan for counterterrorism operations. while the bigger option would leave 15,000 troops to help train afghan security forces. the plans are now waiting for official approval from the defense secretary. >>> it is 7:48. a new series of ads featuring the word "jihad" is getting a lot of attention. the ads are sponsored by the council on american islamic organizations. the organization says the word is misunderstood by most americans. people we talked with certainly had negative impressions of the word. >> a group of islamic people who are the bad guys. >> it means a -- it's killing people. >> the sponsors of the ad say gee maude actually means a struggle -- jihad actually means a struggle to be better. another definition says it's a holy war to defend or spread religious beliefs. >>> former arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords will reportedly visit newtown, connecticut today. she's expected to meet with the families -- victims of last night's deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary. the
public. >> thank you for your analysis, mike boyd. >> thank you. melissa: as the pentagon abrasions for possible $500 budget cuts over the next decade defense secretary leon panetta has warned he will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring and delay contract awards. additionally unpaid furloughs for civilian personnel will be created to prepare for potential cuts. if the budget cuts are not as drastic as expected, panetta hopes to minimize any effects on military readiness, making sure any preparations made now are not permanent and can be reversed. >>> all right. so did you get a new gadget for the holidays, maybe a nook, ipad? chances are, it wasn't a pc. lori: that is so yesterday. so passe, right? apple's chief is saying china will some day be his company's biggest market. what do you think folks feel about that? let's take a look at winners and losers on the dow today or maybe treasury rates. we'll look at the who had board. this is what is moving on the board. these are the your components. this is half and half in terms of gainers and decliners. we're back after this [
at the pentagon, the state at the white house. on friday he will be speaking at georgetown university about u.s.-afghan relations. we will have coverage of his comments at 5:03 p.m. eastern. >> next, analysis on how the fiscal could deal will affect the defense budget. and addresses by bob mcdonnell and andrew cuomo. >> i think the collectivization of the minds of americans oppose the founding fathers as particularly dangerous because -- america's founding fathers is a dangerous because they were not a collective unit. presenting them as such tends to dramatically over simplify the politics of the founding generation. it comes to be used as a big battering ram to beat people over the head with an ways that are unsound. >> michael austin on what he calls the deep historical flaws by conservative commentators in their use of america's founding history. he shares his view with david fontana on "after words" on c- span 2. >>, harris and released a report titled "what the fiscal clift deal means for defense." he is not confident congress confine the $2 trillion cuts needed to avoid sequestration c
, obviously, who will be elected the next president of afghanistan. chris lawrence is our pentagon correspondent. chris, hamid karzai did get something very significant from the president of the united states as far as what he sees as his sovereign right. >> that's right. it is getting the prisons that the u.s. military operates turned back over to the afghans and getting the afghan prisoners turned back other to -- >> prisoners being held by the united states in afghanistan or the other nato allies, they will be handed over to the afghans. >> right. as we reported last night, on "the situation room" and earlier today, our sources were telling us, that was what was very important to karzai in terms of sovereignty. he wasn't as caught up on giving sort of the legal protection to u.s. troops. of course we heard him signal to president obama basically he's on board with that, he would get the okay from the afghan people, but in all respects, i think, gloria, you would say he pretty much gave the okay. >> he did. he made it very clear. he said if those issues are resolved, i can go to
of drawdown, i am still getting recommendations from the pentagon and our commanders on the ground in terms of what that would look like. and when we have more information about that, i will be describing that to the american people. i think president karzai's primary concern, and you will hear directly from him, is making sure afghan sovereignty is respected. and if we have a follow-on force of any sort past 2014, it has to be at the invitation of the afghan government, and they have to feel comfortable with it. i will say, as i have said to president karzai, that we have agreements with countries like this all around the world, and nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. that is how i as commander in chief can make sure that our folks are protected in carrying out very difficult missions. i think president karzai understands that. i do not want to get ahead of research in terms of the negotiations that are still remaining on the bilateral security agreement, but from my perspective, it will not be possible for us to have any kind o
for meetings at the pentagon, the state department, on capitol hill, and at the white house. a joint news conference is likely. on friday he will be speaking at georgetown university about u.s.-afghan relations. we will have coverage of his comments at 5:03 p.m. eastern. in washington, hilda solis resigned say she plans to return to california. she is expected to run for a seat on the los angeles county board of supervisors. the president put out a statement saying over the last four years, she has been a critical member of my economic team and we have work to recover from the worst economic downturn since the great depression. part of the statement from president obama on the resignation of hilda solis as labor secretary. we have been covering a number of state of the state addresses. another one this evening, virginia gov. bob mcdonnell and his state of the commonwealth address. he announced a plan that would provide $3.10 billion in transportation funding, replacing the state gasoline tax with a sales tax increase. that is live in an hour-and-a- half. tonight, the 100th birthday annive
concern. in fact, our defense minister is in town today at the pentagon, discussing some of these issues. he has come with a detailed list of the enablers the afghan national army needs, including, as you mentioned, long-range artillery and intelligence- gathering capabilities. fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for transportation. we have been completely dependent for all of these things on nato and our other friends and allies. again, a lot of these equipments are not as expensive as conducting these operations with nato in afghanistan. if there is a political will, it is doable. the same thing as far as the salaries of the afghan national army and police. yes, it is a significant number, considering the afghan economy. or the withdrawal of each international troops from afghanistan, we can sustain 80 afghan national army soldiers on the ground, if there is a willingness to continue with this mission. as you mentioned, to come with a more reasonable definition of success in afghanistan, which has come up to now, then diminished, what it means to succeed here in afghanistan. >> the end of t
get a clear and consistent answer across the government between the pentagon and cia, for example, that operating different drone programs under seemingly different rules about what is the decision making framework about who falls into that category of lethal targettability and who falls outside of it, and that's one of the biggest problems. >> we have another question here. minister, weigh in. >> in this context, the principles are no different than in respect to the use of any lethal force. i don't understand how drones are somehow different from new technology. the political, the legal, the moral responsibility remains exactly the same. the issue of clarity. the communications with the public, these are exactly the same. i don't see drones creating an additional legal or moral responsibility that should not already be address the -- addressed in our traditional mechanisms whether it's law enforcement or military actions. >> go ahead. >> we use drones in the very vague war on terror, but we see also the use of drones in very different areas, you know, to survey trarvegging -- tr
states, but he wants forces to remain. he was at the pentagon yesterday meeting with leon panetta and met with with secretary clinton last night. u.s. officials are talking about a zero option after next year with no forces remaining behind in afghanistan. that is an area of concern for president karzai, because he would like a more robust force to help with the training of afghan forces there. kristen welker is at the white house at the east room awaiting the two leaders. kristen, what have we learned about ha they have been discussing? >> well, david, good afternoon. the white house officials just released a statement saying that president obama and president karzai agree that the afghan security forces have exceeded x expectations now leading about 80% of the operations in afghanistan, and that is is significant, because this white house may be lean iing toward a more scaled back troop presence after 2014. for the first time, officials here saying that the president may be open to zero troop presence which critics say that could leave afghanistan vulnerable to destabilization. here is
in afghanistan. similar to the issue of draw- down, i am still getting recommendations from the pentagon and our commanders on the ground in terms of what that would look like. and when we have more information about that, i will be describing that to the american people. i think president karzai's primary concern, and you will hear directly from him to muck is making sure afghan sovereignty is respected. and if we have a follow-on force of any sort past 2014, it has to be at the invitation of the afghan government, and they have to feel comfortable with it appeared, i will say, as i have said to president karzai, that we have a grievance with countries like this all around the world, and nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. that is how by as commander in chief can make sure that our folks are protected in carrying out very difficult missions. i think president karzai understands that. i do not want to get a head of research in terms of the negotiations that are still remaining on the bilateral security agreement, but from my perspecti
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